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From the CEO: Small Victories Add Up

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is the chief executive officer of The Carter Center.

It’s no secret that this world is full of problems—some big and terrifying, some small and trivial. It may seem overwhelming at times, but it doesn’t have to be paralyzing.

Wisdom and experience teach us that when faced with a difficult situation, the best approach is …

A Carter Center Podcast | Congo’s Mining Sector: Who Benefits from Billions in Resources?

Though the Democratic Republic of Congo has more than half of the global supply of cobalt, its people are among the poorest in the world. In an interview with Carter Center Democracy Program staffer Erin Crysler, find out why the public has not benefited from Congo’s lucrative copper and cobalt mines and what a Carter Center report recommends.

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DRC Human Rights House Mural Beckons Youth to Get Involved

Jason Kibiswa Bulambo, 34, is a technical trainer for the Youth Initiative project at the Carter Center’s Human Rights House (HRH) in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He recently created a large mural at the HRH Kinshasa office.

The Human Rights House operates three neighborhood Youth Houses, or Maisons des Jeunes — two in Kinshasa and one in Goma …

Pathways to Peace: Prevention

Jordan Ryan is vice president, peace programs, at The Carter Center.

Over the course of six recent posts, I shared some of the approaches to waging peace that that The Carter Center and its founder, former President Jimmy Carter, have developed or learned over many years.

1. Gain perspective.

2. One size does not fit all.

3. Patience and persistence …

Observing U.S. Elections | Q&A with Democracy Program Experts David Carroll & Avery Davis-Roberts

David Carroll, director of the Carter Center’s Democracy Program, has been in the field for about 40 of the Center’s election observation missions and helped manage another 30 or so from headquarters in Atlanta.

Avery Davis-Roberts is an associate director in the Democracy Program and the head of the Center’s U.S. elections project.

In advance of the U.S. presidential election …

Carter Center Observes Challenging DRC Elections, Committed to Country’s Long-Term Stability

On Nov. 28, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is holding its second democratic multi-party national elections since gaining independence in 1960, and the first to be administered solely by the country’s election commission. Elections in 2006 were overseen by the United Nations.

Photo:  G. Dubourthoumieu/The Carter Center
A Congolese woman casts her vote in a polling station in …

DRC Deaf Voter Education Empowers Those With No Voice

Carter Center long-term observer Max Lockie is based in Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The Center established an office in Kinshasa in August and deployed 10 long-term observers to seven  provinces: Kinshasa, Bas-Congo, Oriental Province, North Kivu, South Kivu, Katanga, and Kasai Oriental. In September, the Center deployed another 10 long-term observers to the remaining provinces.  They will be …

Carter Center Helps Protect Congolese Human Rights Defenders Through Alert System

Listen to Sophie Borel talk about why the alert system was established.

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In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, human rights activists often face intimidation and threats of violence, a situation expected to worsen as November 2011 national elections approach.

“I often get calls in the evening or at night from human rights defenders …